Canon introduces mobile printing app

Print remotely from iPhone or iPad

Canon USA announced a new iPhone and iPad app this week that enables Canon printer owners to print from their mobile device to a compatible printer.

One of the frustrations of working with mobile devices is not being able to print directly from it unless you have an Air Print printer (I don't), which means I usually email myself the document and print it on my laptop, which seems like an unnecessary step in this day and age.

It lets you print a document or photo from your photo library and adjust the print settings just as you can on your PC or laptop. 

Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager of the marketing, business imaging solutions group at Canon U.S.A. says this app puts printing at the fingertips of mobile users, solving a known mobile issue. "With today's mobile workforce, being able to print on-the-go is becoming an increasingly valuable asset," he said. 

The app is tied to iOS's Open in functionality, which means the print capability can be built into apps saving the user the time of physically opening the Canon Mobile Printing app. It supports a range of file types including iWorks, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Office and even web pages.

Users can find any compatible printer within wireless range automatically. Users can initiate any commands available on the printer including stapling--if it's available. 

It's designed for devices iOS 5.1 to iOS 6.0 and will run on the Phone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, the new iPad, iPad 2, and the original iPad.

The app is available in the App Store and is a free download.

For more:
- see the Canon press release

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